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Alfred Gronner

posted: Dec 17, 2010 11:28 am | Comments (1)

The following are excerpts from Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen’s eulogy of Alfred Gronner:

Alfred Gronner was born in April 1913 and grew up in Vienna, Austria, in the household of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Philip Gronner.  With the support of his parents he was able to receive a fine education, and he was a most capable and apparently confident student.  He earned his electrical engineering degree at the University of Vienna in 1938, and along with his parents was able to escape Austria for Latin America at the moment when the annihilation of the European Jewry and the destruction of European Jewish civilization was commencing.

Reportedly thanks to his knowledge of electronics and social ingenuity, a specialized repair done for the American Consulate in Uruguay earned him a favor enabling him to immigrate to the United States, where he found his future wife Eva Magnus, a Berlin native, whom he apparently had known from a hiking club or similar connection in the old country.

Alfred and Eva were married in New York City on 9 May 1948, where they lived in Hamilton Heights, and he was naturalized in 1950, by which time they had moved to Woodside (NY).  Alfred was awarded a doctorate at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now known as the Polytechnic Institute
of New York University) in 1955.  His distinguished career included service as Chief Engineer for the Singer Corporation from 1967 to 1978, and service as a visiting professor at the Albert Einstein College of medicine.  His publications include “Transistor Circuit Analysis” available in paperback – not a NYT bestseller but like all of his publications, highly regarded and most useful to those in his field.  His publications appear in numerous languages, particularly English, Spanish and German.

Similarly, he patented several devices, such as US Patent No. 05/957,525, “An improved input system for isolating resolver or synchro outputs from inputs to demodulators or analog-to-digital converters [that] uses current transformers rather than voltage transformers,” this one, for the record, along with David J. Simon for the Singer Company.  He is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in Technology.

Among his distinguished professional projects was his work for the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina, which refined nuclear material for deployment in nuclear weapons and where the neutrino was discovered.  Another project was his development of a fuel gauge used in the Apollo rocket series.

As significant as those accomplishments were, Alfred was a most easy-going, charming and modest person; if you knew about his work other than as a colleague or student, it was most likely through the information of a third party.  A good friend described him as “the most brilliant man I ever met” and by all accounts Alfred was extraordinary, as a scientist and as a man.

Over the years their residences also included White Plains NY and Southbury CT, and most recently North Branford, CT at Evergreen Woods.  In each of those areas, Alfred and Eva developed many important friendships; and although few of their contemporaries are able to attend today, those
present as well as many others testify to the lasting connections they developed over the years.  In addition to good and long-term friends, Alfred and Eva enjoyed the kindness and support of folks locally as well, including those who went well beyond the call of professional duty to aid them and ensure their independence and well-being.

Together with Eva, Alfred enjoyed a long and happy life, and a productive and distinguished career.  With Eva he enjoyed wide travel and many unusual experiences; they were a devoted and caring couple.  Although I did not know him directly in this world – having met him only once in passing some time ago – I did have the privilege and honor of getting to know him through the respectful words spoken by friends who knew him and loved him, which I have attempted to reflect today; and those who knew him will forgive my errors and omissions, for it is certainly impossible to
reduce his life and personality to a few paragraphs.

Although Alfred was not what might be called traditionally religiously observant, he joined with Eva in a strong sense of Jewish identity, which she made sure found continuing expression.  Together they provided significant support to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC; the Simon Weisenthal Center; the Jewish Communities of Western Connecticut (that is, the Federation in Southbury); and the Jewish Foundation of GNH, along with civic institutions such as Yale University, particularly as it related to Alfred’s scientific edeavors.

Let us be thankful for his contribution to building a better country, for aiding the survival and prosperity of the Jewish People, for his scientific legacy, his kindness, philanthropy and friendship.  He helped make the world a better place, and we are thankful for the gift of his life.

Alicia Jackson

posted: Dec 16, 2010 4:12 am | Comments (0)

Alicia S. Jackson, 87 of New Haven, CT, passed away on December 10, 2010. Born to the late Samuel and Grace Homer King in North Haven, CT on August 6, 1923. She leaves to cherish her memory; sons, Charles (Cheryl), Gordon, and Andrew Jackson all of New Haven, CT; daughters, Ronnie Jackson and Helen (Kelly) Moye, both of New Haven, CT, and step daughter, Jackie Jackson of Hamden, CT; brother, Burton Grifford of West Haven, CT and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. Alicia was predeceased by husband, Charles Jackson, son, Allan Jackson, brother, Fred King and sister, Grace King. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 11AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 10-11AM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. To leave a message of comfort to the Jackson family, please visit our website at www.hkhfuneralservices.com

Jonathan Darden

posted: Dec 10, 2010 3:15 pm | Comments (0)

Jonathan Darden, 79, of New Haven, CT, passed away on December 6, 2010.  Born to the late Joshua and Julia Drew Darden in Norfolk, VA on April 22, 1931.  He leaves to cherish his memory; sons, Calvin (Alice) Darden of Kingstree, SC, Jonathan Darden Jr. of Kenner, LA; daughters, Annette Darden-Rogers and Darlene Darden-Walker both of Hemmingway, SC, Edith Darden of Stockbride, GA, and Nantaffle Grant of McDonough, GA; brothers, David Darden of VA and Joshua Darden of NY; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by brother, John Darden. A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9-10AM.  Interment will be private.  To leave a message of comfort to the Darden family please visit our website www.hkhfuneralservices.com

Samuel McDaniel

posted: Dec 8, 2010 6:18 am | Comments (0)

Samuel McDaniel 92 of New Haven, CT passed away on December 6, 2010.  Born to the late Young and Dozie Ward McDaniel in Dolthan, AL.  He is survived by his wife Mary McDaniel; nephews, Thomas Bulger of Roselle, NJ and Jack Corbitt of New Haven, CT, and a host of other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 13 Brothers & sisters. A viewing will be held on Thursday December 9, 2010 from 3-5PM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.  Interment will be on Friday December 10, 2010 in Evergreen Cemetery at 11AM.  To leave a message of comfort to the McDaniel family please visit our website, www.hkhfuneralservices.com

Marshall Holley

posted: Dec 7, 2010 8:02 am | Comments (13)

Dr. Marshall Rudd Holley, 75, beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle died at his home in New Haven on December 5, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Holley is survived by his wife Teresita Abaya Holley, his son David Marshall Holley, his brother William Arthur (Joan) Holley Jr., sisters Vermelle Paris, and Bernice Willis, niece Holley Willis, nephews William A. Holley III, Patrick Holley (Leigh), grand nephew William A. Holley (IV), grand niece Palmer Holley, and grand nephew William Pierce Holley.

Dr. Holley was born in New Haven, Conn, on July 24, 1935, son of the late Dr. William Arthur Holley and Vermelle (Campbell) Holley. He graduated from James Hillhouse High School in 1953; Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957; and Howard University College of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1961. He interned in the United States Air Force Hospital at Wright -Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and completed his residency in Obstetrics- Gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital in 1969. He served in the United States Air Force with the rank of Captain from 1961-1965 and had duty stations in Japan, the Philippines, and Washington, D.C. He established a private practice of Obstetrics-Gynecology in New Haven and Branford, Connecticut in 1969 and practiced for more than three decades. He was the obstetrician-gynecologist at the Hill Health Center from 1969-1980 where he received the great admiration and respect of the young mothers with whom he worked. He was a Clinical Instructor and an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. He was a Diplomat and a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He was a member of the Admissions Committee for the Yale University College of Medicine, and served on the Perinatal & Mortality Committee and the OB-GYN Executive Committee of Yale New Haven Hospital. He was treasurer of the New Haven Independent Practice Association. In 1995, he was recipient of the Stanley Lavietes OB-GYN Award presented to the community physician voted by the Yale Obstetrics and Gynecology residents as representing an outstanding example of superb patient care, devotion to resident teaching, and overall clinical excellence. Dr. Holley was a member of many professional associations, including the National Medical Association; the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the Connecticut State Medical Society; the New Haven County Medical Association; and the New Haven Obstetrical Society. He served on the board of directors of Community Housing Inc.; the American Cancer Society; Family Services, Inc.; the New Haven Urban League; the Women’s Health Services; the Southern Connecticut State College Foundation, and Connecticut Savings Bank. He was president of the Dixwell Community House in 1977-81 and was president of the New Haven Obstetrical Society in 1980.

An avid tennis player he was president of the New Haven Racquet Wielder’s Tennis Club and on the board of the American Tennis Association and the New England Tennis Association (NELTA) for many years. He was president of NELTA from 1979-1983 and served as its tournament director every July at the Yale Tennis Courts in New Haven. Dr. Holley retired from the practice of obstetrics-gynecology in December 2002, so that he could spend more time with his wife Teresita and son David and concentrate on his loves of tennis and gardening. Dr. Holley had a long and distinguished career. He was loved, admired, and respected by all whose lives he touched in so many ways. His memory will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him. Arrangements under the direction of the Howard K. Hill Funeral Home are private and there are no calling hours. A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Holley will be held in the New Year. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following charities: The United Negro College Fund, The New Haven Scholarship Fund, or Planned Parenthood. To sign a memorial book for the Holley family, please visit the website: http://hkhfuneralservices.com.

Austin Lewis

posted: Dec 3, 2010 10:33 am | Comments (0)

Austin E. Lewis Jr., of New Haven, CT, passed away on November 28, 2010 at the age of 69. Born to the late Austin Lewis Sr. and Effye Webb-Harris in New Haven, CT on June 11, 1941. He had a love of riding motor cycles, barbering, and traveling. He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Annie Lewis; son, Jarmein S. Lewis of New Haven; brother, Vincent (Sonia) E. Lewis of Pleasantville, SC; sister, Carole (Maud) Green-Alexander of Cheshire, CT; daughter-in-law, Lila Lewis of New Haven. Besides his parents, Austin was predeceased by 2 sons and one daughter. A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday December 4, 2010 10AM at Friendship Baptist Church, 26 Edwards Street, Hamden, CT 06517. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9-10AM. Interment will be in Hamden Plains. To leave a message of comfort to the Lewis, please visit our website.

Adele Murray

posted: Dec 1, 2010 2:04 pm | Comments (0)

Adele Murray affectionately known as “Duke” and “Granny” was born January 23, 1920 to the late Vandy and Dessie Thomas in Orangeburg County, SC.  She was the second born of six children. She attended school in Orangeburg County School District but was unable to complete her education as she was needed to rear her siblings.  Adele was a member of Maloney Baptist Church in SC. She later changed her membership to True Light Deliverance Center.  Adele met and married the late, James Golden in October, 1935. James predeceased her in 1952. She later remarried Isaac Murray and was married for 52 years.  She leaves to cherish her memory; children, Dessie Scott (Colie), Kenneth Murray, Pamela Jeffcoat and Charlene West-Rigsbee (David); sisters, Edith Zeigler and Claretha McCutcheon (Lawrence); One Brother-In-Law Jacob Murray (Maude), and Sister-In-Law Georgia Chatman, and 11 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.  The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Mid-State Medical Center for the exemplary care provided to Adele.  A celebration of her life will take place Wednesday December 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street New Haven.  Friends may call Wednesday at the funeral home from 2-3:00 PM.  Interment is private.  To leave a message of comfort to the Murray family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Carl McElya

posted: Dec 1, 2010 11:40 am | Comments (0)

Carl McElya of 264 Munson Street, New Haven left this Earth November 22, 2010 after a long illness.  He was employed by Yale University and served in the National Guard.  He leaves to mourn his passing, Rhea Gordneer; children, Carl II, Kelly and Jasmine; granddaughter, Sonia; sisters, Emma Cash of NC and Lavern Bethea of New Haven, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, the late Rev. Ann T. McElyn and Marvel McElya; siblings, Dianna, Cynthia, Juanita, John, Kenneth, and daughter, Carlisha.  A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday November 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street New Haven.  Friends may call Tuesday at the funeral home from 10-11:00 AM.  Interment is private.  To leave a message of comfort to the McElya family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Algernon Bullock

posted: Nov 30, 2010 2:50 pm | Comments (0)

Algernon “Al” Plummer Bullock of Hamden passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the Hospital of St. Raphael.  He was born in Apex, NC on January 29, 1948.  He was the son of the late Hugh and Ruby McClain Bullock.  He was educated in the New Haven School System and played basketball for Wilbur Cross High School where he was the Defensive Player of the Year.  Upon graduating in 1966, he attended Lowell Columbia College in Washington.  While in college, he was drafted by the US Army where he received an Honorable Discharge.  Al attended South Central Community College while working as an Outreach Worker at Lee High School.  His last employer was FYI International Fashions.  He was an avid sports fan.  Al leaves to mourn his passing; brothers and sisters, Thomas L. (Lou Willie) Bullock, Sr. of NC, Judy M. Brooks (Esaw) Seays of West Haven, Hugh (Lorraine) Bullock , Jr. of New Haven, Sondra C. (James) Mills, Sr. of Cheshire, Brenda Bullock (Wilbert) Gibson of Hamden; maternal uncle, Elton L. McClain of New Haven; nephews and nieces, Valencia Ford, Angela Wilkerson, Thomas Bullock, Jr., Hugh Bullock, III, Rosemary Brooks, Albert Brooks, Wanda Seymore, Erik Bullock, Keith Bullock, James Mills, Jr., several grand nieces and grand nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.  He also leaves, his former wife, Lauretta Raye of NC.  A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul UAME Church 1267 Chapel Street New Haven, CT.  Friends may call Tuesday at the church from 9-10:00 AM.  Interment will be in Hamden Plains Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the Bullock family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Rhett Davis

posted: Nov 30, 2010 5:59 am | Comments (0)

Rhett C. Davis, 66 of New Haven passed away November 23, 2010.  He was born April 27, 1944 in Derby, CT to the late Henry Davis and Bettie Charles.  He leaves to cherish his memory; special friend, Barbara Nelson of Hamden; daughter, Kym McKoy of new Haven; sons, Michael B. Murphy (Estelle) and Richard Murphy of New Haven; brother, Robert Davis of Bridgeport; sister, Nancy Davis of NY; sister-in-law, Arlene Davis; aunts, Ruby Charles Allen of New Haven and Montess Charles Blanchard of Waterbury; uncles, Wilbert and Perry Davis, both of Hartsville, SC; 4 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by brothers, Melvin L. and Leonard A. Davis.  A celebration of his life will take place Monday November 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06511.  Friends may call Monday at the funeral home from 10-11:00 AM.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the Davis family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

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